Curriculum vitae

A short bio

Ana Vujanović (Berlin / Belgrade) is a freelance cultural worker – researcher, writer, dramaturge, activist – in the fields of contemporary performing arts and culture.
She holds Ph.D. in Theatre Studies.
Ana and Karl, 2011 madridShe is a member of the editorial collective of TkH [Walking Theory], a Belgrade-based theoretical-artistic platform, and editor-in-chief of the TkH Journal for Performing Arts Theory. A particular commitment of hers has been to empower independent scenes in Belgrade and former Yugoslavia. She has lectured at various universities and educational programs throughout Europe, was a visiting professor at the Performance Studies Dpt. of the University Hamburg, and teaches at HZT Berlin. Since 2016 she is an associate team member and mentor of fourth year students at SNDO – School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. She participates in art projects in the fields of performance, theatre, dance, and video/film, as a dramaturge and co- author. She has published a number of articles in journals and collections and authored four books, most recently Public Sphere by Performance, with B. Cvejić (Berlin: b_books, 2012 / 2015). Currently she is working on an independent research project Performing the Self in the 21st Century, with B. Cvejic and M. Popivoda of TkH.

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Curriculum vitae

ANA VUJANOVIĆ
Born in 1975, in Belgrade; based in Berlin / Belgrade

EDUCATION (official)
  • 2004: Ph.D. at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of Arts in Belgrade, Theatre Studies Dpt. Thesis: “Statuses and functions of theoretical practice in the performing arts world at the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century”
  • 2003: M.A. at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of Arts in Belgrade, Theatre Studies Dpt. Thesis: “Post-structuralist materialist theory of performing arts”
  • 1998: B.A. at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of Arts in Belgrade, Theatre and Radio Production Dpt.
TEACHING AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE (2007-2017, a selection)
University (and other) courses, seminars, workshops:
  • 2016-17: Associate team member and mentor of fourth year students at SNDO – School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam; Guest teacher at BA Tanz, Kontext, Choreographie at HZT – Hochschulübergreifende Zentrum Tanz Berlin
  • 2016: Take It or Make it, with Marta Popivoda; workshop. Movimento Sur; Nave center for creation and residency, Santiago de Chile; Performance Practice and production of subjectivity on European contemporary performance scene; seminar. ArtEZ, Master of Theatre Practices, Arnhem
  • 2015-17: Mentor of Critical practice (Made in Yugoslavia), program in critical practice of contemporary dance and performance. Station, Belgrade / Locomotion, Skopje: Life Long Burning network
  • 2015: Guest teacher (mentor) at the Dpt. for Human Movement/Performance Studies, University Hamburg
  • 2014: Contemporary dance dramaturgy. workshop. Serbian National Theatre – Forum for New Dance, Novi Sad; Performance and the Public; workshop. HafenCity Universität Hamburg, Kultur der metropole, Graduiertenkolleg “Versammlung und Teilhabe“, Hamburg
  • 2012-14: International visiting professor for Dramaturgy and Performance studies at the Dpt. for Human Movement / Performance Studies, University Hamburg
  • 2012: Examining Communitas, with Saša Asentić; workshop. Tanz im August, Berlin
  • 2011-12: Guest teacher of Curating and performance; Master in International Performance Research (MAIPR). University of Amsterdam, Theatre Studies Dpt.
  • 2011: Everybodys and Walking Theory propose: aesthetics & production and Everybodys encounters TKH: modes of production/ games and discussion, with Petra Sabisch; workshops. ID Frankfurt; University of Giessen, Frankfurt; Politicality of contemporary performance, with Jan Ritsema; workshop. The Institute of Music and Dance, Theatre Institute, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; TkH: Critical education and self-organization, with Marta Popivoda; seminar at the curatorial studies program. École du Magasin, Grenoble
  • 2010: Performance and/as (mis)communicational community; seminar at the Master Program in Performing Arts Practice and Visual Culture. Universidad de Alcalá (UAH); National Museum Reina Sofia, Madrid
  • 2009-11: Methodological Games, with Saša Asentić; workshop; Tiger’s Leap into the Past – On contemporary dance in Serbia; lecture. Live Art Festival, Kampnagel, Hamburg. BilBak / ARTEA, Universidad del País Vasco, Bilbao; stadsfestival Brugge Centraal, Brugge; Dance & Politics, Giessen. Wiener Festwochen, Vienna; Off Europe, Leipzig; Personal Profile, Moscow; TransEurope, Hildesheim; Dance Theatre Workshop, New York
  • 2009-10: Guest assistant (junior) professor of Theory of text/uality and Performance studies, course shared with Prof Aleksandra Jovićević. Interdisciplinary postgraduate studies: Ph.D. studies, University of Arts in Belgrade
  • 2009: Politicality of Contemporary Performing Arts, with Marta Popivoda; workshop. Weld, Stockholm; StrataGames, led by Bad.co; workshop. SteirischerHerbst, Graz
  • 2008-09: Lecturer at Nomad Dance Academy, The Balkan region
  • 2008: Dramaturgy on the Move, with Bojana Cvejić, Rok Vevar; workshop. Knowledge Smuggling winter school. TkH, Belgrade
  • 2007-08: Resonance: Dance laboratories, with Joanna Szymajda. Station dance service, Belgrade; Stary Browar Center for Performing Arts, Poznan
Research experience:
  • 2015-…: Performance of the Self in the 21st Century. research project with Bojana Cvejic and Marta Popivoda. supported by the Sarma, Brussels; Dance service Station, Belgrade; Akademie der Künste der Welt, Köln; Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart; Skogen, Gothenburg
  • 2011-12: Performance and the Public Sphere. research project with Bojana Cvejic and Marta Popivoda. Les laboratoires d’Aubervillier; Escenas discursivas: Critical discourses on the contemporary performing arts scene in Madrid, research project with Marta Popivoda. Matadero – El Ranchito, Madrid
  • 2011: Limbo: A collective individual, with Saša Asentić; artistic-theoretical research. New York Live Arts, NYC
  • 2010-12: How to do things by theory. research project by TkH. Les laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris
  • 2008: Auto-Education, with Jan Ritsema, Elke van Campenhout; research laboratory. Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna
  • 2005-07: Self-managed educational systems in art; research and working group. TkH & Kontekst Gallery, Belgrade
  • from 2000: TkH [Walking Theory / Teorija koja hoda], theoretical-artistic platform, Belgrade
Invited / commissioned public talks and lectures:
  • 2016: “Transindividuality in Contemporary Dance and Performance”, HZT, Berlin; “Social Dramaturgy of Ideology: Social choreography and social drama“, Movimento Sur, Nave, Santiago de Chile
  • 2015: “Notes on Social Dramaturgy“, AGRFT, Ljubljana
  • 2014: “The Public Good Will Not Be Curated“, program Spatial Confessions, Tate Modern, London
  • 2013: “Vita performactiva“ and “Performance and Performativity“, pARTisan platform, Minks
  • 2012: “Social Choreography and Social Drama”, with Bojana Cvejić. Gallery Volt, B-open, Bergen; “(In) the Person of the Author”. University of Amsterdam, Theatre Studies Dpt., Amsterdam
  • 2011: “A Tiger’s Leap: A Method of ‘Reloading’ Minoritarian Histories (of Performance)”. University of Amsterdam, Theatre Studies Dpt., Amsterdam; “TkH: Self-organized critical education and collective self-education”, with Marta Popivoda. Think lab Deschooling theatre; Heimspiel Festival, Cologne
  • 2010: “Performance and/as (mis)communicational community”. National Museum Reina Sofia in collaboration with the Universidad de Alcalá (UAH), Madrid; “TkH: How to Do Things by Theory and [illegal_cinema]”, with Marta Popivoda. École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
  • 2008: “Events in/of Art – Real is radical?”. National Library of Serbia, Belgrade
  • 2007: “Ad-hoc Collaboration”; “East Dance Academy”, with Emil Hrvatin, Goran Sergej Pristaš, Ric Allsopp. Dokumenta 12, Kassel; “East Dance Academy”, with Emil Hrvatin, Goran Sergej Pristaš. Correspondances; Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna

Ana and a Peacock_paf 2012

PAPERS AT CONFERENCES (2007-2017, a selection)
  • 2016: “The Transindividual and Performing the Self”. Symposium (re-)combining the in-between – Concepts of ‘in-between’ in Contemporary Choreographic Practice, Joint Adventures, Munich
  • 2015: “Performativity of the Artworlds“. Symposium Politicality of the Arts Institution. What after the Institution of Critique?, Teatr Polsky, Bydgoszcz
  • 2014: “Community Between the Commons and Undercommons“. International conference The Public Commons and the Undercommons of Art, Education and Labor, Frankfurt Lab, Frankfurt
  • 2013: “Performing Ideology: Communitas and immunitas in today’s neoliberal democratic society“. International seminar There is no other poetry than action, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid
  • 2012: “Vita performactiva, on the Stage of Neoliberal Capitalist Democratic Society?”. Performance Studies international #18, Leeds
  • 2011: “Critical Performance Studies – A necessity of having methodology”. International conference On the Threshold of Practice: Reflections on Performance Studies as an Academic Programme. Performance Studies Dpt.; K3; Hamburg; “A Tiger’s Leap: A Method of ‘Reloading’ Minoritarian Histories (of Performance)”. Performance Studies international #17, Utrecht
  • 2010: “Politics of Dance: Subject, media and procedures of work”. International symposium Dance, Politics & Co-Immunity. CuP Dpt., Giessen; “From Theoretical Practice to Theoretical Mass-Production”; “A Lexicon of Inverted Notions: Parallel Slalom, by EDA”. Performance Studies international #15 follow up, Rijeka
  • 2009: “Postdramatic Theatre: an archaeology of the future”. International symposium Postdramatic theatre: 10 year after. Faculty of Dramatic Arts; Bitef, Belgrade; “Second-Hand Knowledge”. Performance Studies international #15, Zagreb
  • 2007: “Contemporary Dance Scene in Serbia”. Annual conference of Mediterranean Dance Network (DBM), Istanbul; “Self-Management, Self-Education, Self-Organization”, with Jan Ritsema, Marta Popivoda, Nicolas Siepen. Summit of Non-Aligned Educational Initiatives in Culture. Multitude e.V., Goldsmiths College, London University, Witte de With Rotterdam, Berlin
ARTWORKS AND PERFORMANCES (2007-2017, a selection)
  • 2017: documentary Sonia; dir. Marta Popivoda, co-writer of the script (in production)
  • 2016: performance Take It or Make It; concept, supervisor. Teatr Polsky, Bydgoszcz
  • 2015: performance installation Cabinet of Political Wonders; concept, and co-author with Sasa Asentic, Sinisa Ilic and Marta Popivoda. Kampnagel, Hamburg; Teatr Polski, Bydgoszcz
  • 2014: dance performance Monument 0: Haunted by Wars (1913-2013); artistic direction Eszter Salamon. dramaturgical advice. Kampnagel, Hamburg; HAU, Berlin; Centre Pompidou, Paris
  • 2013: experimental documentary Yugoslavia, how ideology moved our collective body; dir. Marta Popivoda. co-writer of the script. TkH, Belgrade; Les laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris; UdK Berlin, Berlin; joon film, Berlin; performance Revolution Won’t Be Performed; artistic directing Sasa Asentic. co-author of the concept, dramaturge. Kampnagel, Hamburg; dance performance Have You Meet the Zombie?; by Dragana Bulut. dramaturgy. Station – Dance Service, Belgrade
  • 2012: performance / choreography Examining Communitas: On Trial Together, with Saša Asentić. co-author, text. TkH, Belgrade; Per Art; Serbian National Theatre, Novi Sad; visual-textual artwork Dull Smart Mobs, with Siniša Ilić. co-author, text. Les laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris; TkH, Belgrade; dance lecture-performance Pass It On (Auction). by Dragana Bulut. mentor & dramaturgy. SODA – HZT, Berlin
  • 2011: dance / performance Four Choreographic Portraits: A Woman with a Diamond. by Christine de Smedt. artistic collaboration. Les ballets C de la B, Ghent
  • 2010: dance Made in China. by Dragana Bulut, Milka Djordjevich. dramaturgical advice. DTW, New York; Fabrik, Potsdam; visual-textual artwork Consequences / Causes, with Siniša Ilić. co-author, text. TkH, Belgrade
  • 2009: opera Les enfants terribles. by Phillip Glass; dir. B. Djordjev. co-author of the concept, dramaturg. Little theatre Dusko Radovic, Belgrade; lecture performance TkH: The last theoretical performance – Générique. co-author, performer. TkH, Belgrade; Koelnischer Kunstverein, Cologne
  • 2008: video installation Video Kosov@ – Opinions, where do they come from?. by Marta Popivoda. co-author of the concept. October Salon; Belgrade Cultural Centre, Belgrade; opera Don Giovanni. by Mozart; dir. Bojana Cvejić. collaboration on text and dramaturgy. Jugokoncert; Bitef festival, Belgrade
  • 2007: lecture-performance My Private Bio-politics. by Saša Asentić. collaboration on text, theoretical support, dramaturgy. Per.Art, Novi Sad; ready-made theatre Boxing Match. co-author, dramaturg. TkH; CZKD, Belgrade; visual-textual work The Days of Disobedience in the Republic of Knowledge, with Siniša Ilić. co-author, text. TkH, Belgrade (within the frame of Documenta 12 magazines project); theatre Europe – Rio Bar. by Ivana Sajko; dir. Bojan Djordjev. dramaturgy. CZKD; Belgrade Drama Theatre, Belgrade
CURATED / EDITED / ORGANIZED PROGRAMS AND PLATFORMS (2007-17, a selection)
  • 2012-14: Member of the board of Performance Studies international (PSi)
  • 2011-12: Performance and the Public: Open Days. co-editor. #3, Tanzfabrik, Berlin; #2, Les laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris; #1, Hetveem Theatre, Amsterdam
  • 2010: Public Editing: discussing and working sessions on immaterial labor in performance. co-editor. Les laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris
  • 2009-12: Deschooling Classroom: Collective self-education in art and culture, regional project. co-author, editor. TkH, Belgrade; Kontrapunkt, Skopje
  • 2008: Performance: Technology, Body, and Politics, one-year theoretical-educational programme. editor. Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad; Walking Critique, school for contemporary criticism. co-editor. Bitef, Belgrade; Summit of Non-Aligned CCs, regional conference of independent cultural centres. co-editor. Magacin; Clubture – regional initiative, Belgrade
  • 2007-09: Balkan Dance Platform, biennial festival. co-selector. Athens; Novi Sad
  • 2005-12: The Other Scene, initiative of the independent cultural-artistic scene. co-founder, member. Belgrade
  • 2005-07: Coaching in practical / interdisciplinary dramaturgy. co-editor. THe FaMa; Theorem Network, Belgrade, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Tallinn, Dubrovnik
  • from 2001: curating / organizing numerous lectures, talks, presentations, workshops in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Skopje, Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin (mostly within TkH’s activities) by: Isabell Lorey, Nicolas Siepen, Antonia Baehr, Sigmar Zacharias, Ole Frahm, Torsten Michaelsen, Dana Yahalomi, Julie Heintz, Vanessa Theodoropoulou, Franck Leibovici, Maurizio Lazzarato, Gerald Raunig, Matteo Pasquinelli, Peter McLaren, Dmitry Vilensky, Florian Schneider, Aldo Milohnic, Jan Ritsema, Bojana Cvejic, Bojana Kunst, Emil Hrvatin, Goran Sergej Pristas, Bad.co, Marina Grzinic, Emina Visnic, Igor Stromajer, Isabel de Naveran, Tomislav Medak, Davide Grassi, Zoran Todorovic, Igor Dobričić, Sigrid Merx, etc. etc.
  • from 2000: TkH: Walking Theory [Teorija koja hoda], theoretical-artistic platform. initiator, co-founder, member of editorial collective. Belgrade